ARCAP Media Release

The Australian Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (ARCAP) has been officially launched with a new website, www.arcapregister.com.au.

Simon Clarke, Director of ARCAP said “this is a historic achievement for counselling and psychotherapy in Australia as the ARCAP provides a single national register of appropriately qualified counsellors and psychotherapists.”

The ARCAP is an initiative of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) and the Australian Counselling Association (ACA) who have been working in partnership to make the new Register possible.

“ARCAP will be an important mechanism for protecting the public from the harm that can sometimes be caused to vulnerable people by a small number of unethical practitioners,” Mr Clarke said.

In fact, the number of complaints recorded against counsellors and psychotherapists each year is very low. Counsellors and psychotherapists provide safe, quality services that meet the diverse needs of those in the community who need support with their mental health and general well-being. Need a well-performed essay? Click here and you will get assistance of the most professional writers.

The counselling and psychotherapy profession ensures high standards of ethical practice through a non-mandatory registration system. Practitioners register either with ACA or with PACFA and all registered therapists are then listed on the ARCAP.

Ione Lewis, ARCAP Director explained that “registered counsellors and psychotherapists are required to meet the high ethical standards in the ACA and PACFA Codes of Ethics and to undertake ongoing supervision and professional development.”

For members of the public who want to check on the registration of a therapist or make a complaint, the ARCAP provides a single, easy-to-use, reference point.

Professor Lewis said “the ARCAP will be a valuable resource for the community as it lists qualified and experienced counsellors and psychotherapists. When selecting a therapist, it is always recommended that clients select a registered counsellor or psychotherapist”.

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